Police carryout mass arrests in Aba, block Ariaria traders from opening shops

Police officer shoots colleague dead while trying to arrest civilian in Aba

A detachment of policemen under the Abia State Command on Wednesday barred traders of Ariaria International Market and shoe makers at popular shoe plaza, including those at Powerline 1st and 2nd Gates, from having access to their shops.

The traders who arrived at their shops in the early hours of Wednesday were arrested by the police team.

The officers restricted Human and vehicular movements to and fro Faulks Road, forcing motorists to abandon their vehicles and scamper for safety.

The stern-looking police detachment shot sporadically into the air, blocking Brass Street by Aba-Owerri road, which serves as a significant entry and exit route into Faulks Road.

Some traders who spoke wondered why the security personnel turned against them instead of launching a search for the perpetrators, who had since left the scene.

Recall that on Tuesday, gunmen killed two police officers close to the market and made away with their rifles after burning the van they drove in.

Some shoppers in Ariaria were forced to turn back. In contrast, others who came from a farther distance had to pay for accommodation with the hope that the situation would have been resolved by Friday when they planned to leave Aba for their destinations.

Abia Commissioner of Police CP Kenechukwu Onwuemelie condemned the killing of two police officers at the famous SAMECK junction.

CP Onwuemelie, in a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Maureen Chinaka, said a Police Constable and a Police Inspector were gunned down.